Banana Ice Cream 3 Ways: Summer Edition

August 28, 2015

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
Summer may be drawing to a close, but the weather’s still warm and sunny, so I’m going to continue to be in denial and pretend it’s not happening. We CANNOT be starting the fall season already. We just CAN’T!

I was initially introduced to one-ingredient ice cream when I got my first Vitamix blender (which in itself was a life-changing purchase, but we’ll save my rhetoric on that for another day). What is the one ingredient? Bananas! Oh yes. Bananas–when frozen and blended up–have a beautiful, thick, luscious soft serve ice cream consistency. I love to blend up bananas with raw cacao powder or cinnamon for a dessert-type treat that can be eaten at any time, really! (I’m personally a fan of banana ice cream for breakfast. Just sayin’.)

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
Since it’s still summer, I made banana ice cream in 3 summer flavors: strawberry, peach and blueberry. Why? Because summer fruit is my absolute favorite and banana ice cream is my absolute favorite, so naturally, it’s a match made in heaven. Let’s do this!

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frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
BLUEBERRY BANANA ICE CREAM

(makes three ½ cup servings)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup frozen blueberries
• 1 large frozen banana (or 1.5 medium bananas)
• Juuuust enough water (like 2 Tbsp) to let the fruit mix around better in the blender (not too much or your ice cream will be runny)

Procedure:

1. Put all ingredients in high speed blender.
2. Blend up until all ingredients are fully incorporated. As you blend, you may need to use a tamper tool or turn off/on the blender/manually move the ingredients around to get everything mixed up evenly.

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
STRAWBERRY BANANA ICE CREAM

(makes three ½ cup servings)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup frozen strawberries
• 1 large frozen banana (or 1.5 medium bananas)
• Juuuust enough water (like 2 Tbsp) to let the fruit mix around better in the blender (not too much or your ice cream will be runny)

Procedure:

1. Put all ingredients in high speed blender.
2. Blend up until all ingredients are fully incorporated. As you blend, you may need to use a tamper tool or turn off/on the blender/manually move the ingredients around to get everything mixed up evenly.

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
PEACH BANANA ICE CREAM

(makes three ½ cup servings)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup frozen peaches
• 1 large frozen banana (or 1.5 medium bananas)
• Juuuust enough water (like 2 Tbsp) to let the fruit mix around better in the blender (not too much or your ice cream will be runny)

Procedure:

1. Put all ingredients in high speed blender.
2. Blend up until all ingredients are fully incorporated. As you blend, you may need to use a tamper tool or turn off/on the blender/manually move the ingredients around to get everything mixed up evenly.

You know when you’re finished blending because you’ll get 4 lumps that look like this:

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
If you don’t have any frozen fruit on hand, you can do a flash freezing for 2 hours, although 8 hours is optimal. Frozen fruit creates that soft serve consistency. Otherwise your ice cream will be soupy. You can use non-frozen fruit, but then you’ll have to freeze the ice cream for at least 4 hours to firm up before eating.

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
If you want your ice cream harder packed, put your ice cream in the freezer for a longer period of time. Simple!

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
Toppings are completely optional, but some of my favorites are Medjool dates, coconut flakes, more fruit, homemade granola and nuts. This time I sprinkled some walnuts and coconut flakes on top. Look at that bad boy!

If you don’t like a certain fruit or summer fruit isn’t in season where you live, feel free to use a different fruit because the measurements are exactly the same. And if you don’t like/are allergic to bananas, frozen mangos or figs will give you the same milky consistency to use as your base.

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipes + Creative Direction by Micaela Hoo // Photography by Micaela + Dawn Hoo.

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